Posts Tagged ‘ baking ’

Eggplant and choc-chunk cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting

November 25, 2012
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Eggplant and choc-chunk cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting

When faced with an unusual challenge, or something that’s reasonably foreign to me, I do what most others do, I consult Google – the truth of all things in the universe! This challenge was the same. You see this month, JJ from 84th&3rd is our host for the November Sweet Adventures Blog Hop, and knowing JJ, I was prepared for something slightly (or extremely) left of centre. Boy did she throw us a curve ball. This months blog hop was Cake and Three Veg. Not too strange I hear you say? Pumpkin Pie, Carrot Cake, Beetroot Chocolate Mud Cake, easy! True, there are a number of dessert dishes out there that in fact include vegetables and they work well. I however, wanted to do something a little stranger shall we say? I wanted to live up to the challenge and so something that perhaps no one had done before....

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Chocolate Crackle Swiss Roll – for a special occasion!!

July 25, 2012
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July is a pretty big month here at Dining with a Stud. It’s not only the month in which I was born some mumble mumble mumble years ago, its also the month in which this very blog was born. Today, is my 2 year blogiversary Last year with wedding plans galore, my poor little blog got slightly neglected on its birthday, so this year I’m making cake! This cake originally came about because the amazeballs chickies at Impact had sent me some Bakers Secret goodies – a Swiss Roll Pan to be exact. With the challenge of making something 80’s inspired. Unfortunately, I was away at the time, but never one to back down from a challenge, I have been wracking my brain trying to come up with something. Easy I hear you say? Well no, not really. Although I’m a child of the 80’s, I was born in...

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Brasserie Bread class: Artisan Baking – The Art of Sourdough

October 6, 2011
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Brasserie Bread class: Artisan Baking – The Art of Sourdough

Since the beginning of my love affair with food, cooking and trying out new and exciting recipes, I have gone through many different nemeses. When I first started, it was pastry. Ooooh we didn’t get along pastry and I. Even store bought pastry and I hated each other! But once I actually broke it down, worked out all the ingredients and had a good little fiddle, I won. Take that pastry!! Mini rivals here and there, I have fought, and I have won (woot)! But my current nemesis? Bread. I use to have a breadmaker that in its heyday was spitting out perfectly cooked breads like they were going out of style. Until one fateful day, the breakmaker was kneading its little heart out so hard that it jumped/fell of the kitchen bench and cracked a little. It still worked but it was never the same. Producing stodgy loaf...

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A rosy Red Velvet and Rich Vanilla verticle layer cake

May 30, 2011
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A rosy Red Velvet and Rich Vanilla verticle layer cake

Am I crazy enough to make my own wedding cake? No! Stud begs to differ. I have mentioned to him that after watching many a program on Lifestyle Food, even the best of bakers won’t make their own wedding cake as it’s just too stressful. Please don’t misunderstand me and think I put myself up there with the best of bakers, or even good ones! I like to bake, I like to cook, anything that involves food, and I’m pretty much a fan. But when it comes to one of the most important cakes of our life and the stressful week leading up to the most important day of our life, I’m pretty sure I’ll crack under pressure. It also doest help when everyone who tried this cake was on Stud’s side. I’m fighting a losing battle! I had been meaning to make a red velvet cake for a...

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